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The Oldest Trick in the Book

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The Oldest Trick in The Book (Fairweather Devil)

Back in the day, there was a boy you could never save
Never found any time to play, so a devil came to steal his soul away
Masquerading as an open book, she drew him in with bitter-sweet deception
He didn't see what was coming, wrote a cheque for love and affection

The oldest trick in the book
He fell for it, hook, line and sinker,
He never got a second look
She turned his head, then threw him into the drink

Back in the day, there was a girl who could only pray
Never found any time to play, then a devil came to steal her soul away
A dashing preacher with an open book, he drew her in with bitter-sweet deception
She didn't see what was coming, mistook her faith for love and affection

The oldest trick in the book
She fell for it, hook, line and sinker,
And though she grabbed a second look
He turned her head and then he pulled his trigger

So they went to an early grave
No flowers no wake, whatever
And though they paid the price they paid
Some friends don't hang around in stormy weather

Now, we're right up to date. Surely you don't want the same fate
Don't spend your time on money and craving
Spare a dime for the guy at the gate
Don't pray too hard and get on with some playing

The oldest trick in the book
Don't waste your life on money and slaving
Don't give that devil a second look
The oldest trick in the book,
don't fall for it hook, line and sinker

The oldest trick in the book
The oldest trick in the book
The oldest trick in the book

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from Detail is a Devil, track released August 8, 2016
Words and music by Dave Bradley
Arrangement, instrumentation and vocals dB

Thanks to Matt for suggesting I write a "reggae" song

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Dave Bradley UK

Guitarist, singer-songwriter. Acoustic and electric indie pop and rock originals. Playing regularly with C5 and bigMouth.

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